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Forum topic by Verbalkint999 posted 07-24-2019 12:45 PM 651 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2019 12:45 PM

Hello. I just upgraded the fence on my Craftsman 113 table saw to the Delta T3. I managed to get it installed and aligned properly however I am having an issue with the fence itself not staying clamped. I have tried it with the adjusting screws loosened and? tightened. It almost seems like the handle is not allowing? the cam to swing down far enough. When I try to clamp the fence in place it holds for a couple seconds and then the handle slowly starts to release until pops up. Anyone familiar with this issue?

Thank you

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#1 posted 07-24-2019 02:06 PM

Is the locking lever installed correctly?

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#2 posted 07-24-2019 09:36 PM

I wondered that myself at first. The handle just screws into the Locking cam. There’s only one way that it goes on. In that regard the only thing I thought was maybe the can is on backwards. But it didn’t lock it all when I remove the cam and reversed it.

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#3 posted 07-24-2019 10:51 PM

I just ordered the same fence and also have a Craftsman 113. Mine shows up on Friday so I’ll let you know if I experience the same issue.

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#4 posted 07-25-2019 01:04 AM

When you say adjusting screws loose or tight; which screws?
If you are referring the fence adjustment screws that make the fence head perpendicular to miter slots (opposite the clamp handle), and ones that raise the end of the head to adjust the height of the fence on the table (and make it perdendicular to cast iron top)?
The only screws that impact the clamp pressure are the 2 opposite the clamp handle.

Did you check to see if you are missing one of the clamp pads?
There are (3) one on each of the 3 points that clamp the head to rail.

The rail clamp is simple 3 point contact. Check to see that you have 3 intended points.
If you tighten the screws opposite the clamp bar, it should reduce distance and clamp bar will not swing down as far. (and visa versa)

If adjustments don’t fix the self releasing, clean any wax or oil from offset cam and inside of clamp pad where it touches. More friction will help it stay set.

Best Luck

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#5 posted 07-25-2019 01:13 AM

I am referring to the two screws that adjust the fence to be parallel to the blade. All three contact pads are intact and clean.

There are not many variables here which has me quite perplexed

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#6 posted 07-25-2019 09:20 AM

I am not sure which of the Delta fences is the direct Biesemeyer clone, be it the T2 or the T3. I can’t stand the one that comes with the Delta 36-725 table saw sold at Lowe’s. It is similar to the Biesemeyer but uses smaller rails and smaller everything else. Never cared for that one. I would send them back and just get a Biesemeyer and be done with it.

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#7 posted 07-25-2019 03:57 PM

How far down are you pushing the handle? My T3 will stay put on my 113. I normally push my handle down all the way and it starts to get harder to push at the bottom.

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#8 posted 07-25-2019 10:14 PM

The handle travels until it’s about a 45 degree angle pointing down to the floor and that’s when it is hitting the bracket that the cam swings on. It seems like the cam was drilled and tapped in wrong spot almost. I took the cam out spin it around and reinstalled it to where the fence locks with the handle pointing up and it stays in place and is firm. Not a long-term solution but I might reach out the delta to see if I can get a replacement cam. Or purchase a second fence and see if it functions any differently and return the original if so. Thank you all for the suggestions

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#9 posted 07-26-2019 12:29 AM

Your cam seems to be out of whack somehow. On my T3 the handle hanging loose is at about 8deg. and pushed down tight it goes to about 18-20deg, but does not come close to hitting the bracket. I see no real way to adjust other than increasing the pad thickness that the cam presses against.

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